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What does Koganei mean?

Today, let’s get out of central Tōkyō and explore a popular Edo Period hanami day trip spot.

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The History of Hanami

We all love hanami and sakura, but where did it all start? Let’s take a look at the history of hanami.

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Where is Goten’yama today?

Gotenyama was the premiere hanami spot in Edo. Not much remains today.

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What does Gotenyama mean?

Goten’yama was one of Edo’s most famous spots for cherry blossom viewing… until it wasn’t.

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What does Ōji mean?

王子Ōji (imperial prince, but more at “a kami divided from another kami”) Ōji – A Princely Namesake… or Something Like That… To modern eyes, this place name means “prince.” In a very general sense, it could be understood as a son of a king or emperor. In this case, it most likely isn’t a reference […]

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Ōedo Line: Hikarigaoka

Finishing up with our 31st and final installment of exploring Edo-Tōkyō on the Ōedo Line. Last stop, Hikarigaoka Station.
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What does Baji Kōen mean?

Talk about flogging a dead horse. I found another horse-related place name in Setagaya.. but this time with hookers and blow!

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The Meguro River

The 7th and final installation on my series “RIvers of Edo-Tokyo.” Today I’ll talk about the glorified storm drain called the Meguro River.

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What does Meguro mean?

Meguro is the name of several postal codes, a river, a handful of bus stops and train stations, and one of the 23 Special Wards of the Tokyo Metropolis. The name means “Black Eyes.” Weird.

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What does Mitaka mean?

I’ve been writing about Tokyo places names for half a year now and I don’t know why I haven’t written about this one. This was the first origin story I ever heard. Now I’ll share it with you.